Barbara Bogel Ackermann has dedicated over 50 years to a life of service, contributing to the field of counseling and human development. She is revered as a professional school counselor and has also been active in her district and community. Ms. Ackermann earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ursinus College in 1962 and a Master of Science in counseling education from Long Island University (LIU) in 1978. She also earned a professional diploma in counseling from LIU, where she subsequently took postgraduate courses. Ms. Ackermann is a licensed school administrator and is certified as a national counselor.

Prior to retiring in 2002, Ms. Ackermann served Southold Junior-Senior High School as a guidance director and counselor; she joined the Long Island-based school in 1986. Ms. Ackermann began her career as a child protective case worker for Suffolk County Social Service in 1962, and later used her expertise in human development as a medical social worker at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse and a child protective case worker for Tallahassee Social Services and Suffolk County Social Services. Fulfilling her civic duties, Ms. Ackermann formerly served as Southold Rotary Assistant Governor of District 7260. Today, she is the Rotary Assistant Governor of district 7255 and an admissions ambassador at Ursinus College.

For her countless hours of time and her expertise, the executive board of the East End Counselors Association created an award in Ms. Ackermann’s honor called the Barbara Ackermann Counselor of the Year Award. In addition, the Southold Rotary created the Barbara Ackermann Award for Most Improved Student. In recognition of her accomplishments in her field, Ms. Ackermann was named New York State High School Counselor of the Year in 1995, Educator of the Year by the Suffolk Times, and received the Mary Katherine Hudson Memorial Award from Long Island University C.W. Post (today known as LIU Post). She has also been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

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